Immense potential for sustainable development lies in the production of fuels, chemicals, and materials from bioresources. This timely book provides comprehensive coverage of the engineering systems that convert agricultural crops and residues into bioenergy and biobased products. The book covers not only pertinent technologies but offers a primer on necessary foundation subjects: organic chemistry, thermodynamics, plant science, crop production, environmental science, and process economics.
Preface.1. Introduction. 2. Fundamental Concepts in Understanding Bioenergy and Biobased Products. 3. The Biorenewable Resource Base.4. Production of Biorenewable Resources. 5. Products from Biorenewable Resources. 6. Conversion of Biorenewable Resources into Heat and Power.7. Processing of Biorenewable Resources into Chemical and Fuels. 8. Processing of Biorenewable Resources into Natural Fibers.9. Environmental Impact of the BioEconomy. 10. Economics of Biorenewable Resources.Appendix.Index.
promises to become the intellectual and technical gateway to a sustainable, renewable resource-based industrial society. --Wolfgang G. Glasser, Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg